It’s Summer and time for another hair colour change. I’ve had blue or purple hair for the past six months whilst I recovered my hair from too much harsh treatments and some mess ups with dye, also known as don’t use three high levels of bleach products within the same week unless you want to kill your hair. So, time to get the new look Scott Cornwall range in and get the hair updated.
I’m loving the new packaging for the Scott Cornwall range in Boots, so much slicker and modern looking and now they look top notch. What do you think?
So here’s what I did to go from Directions Atlantic Blue with layers of Colour Freedom Mystic Purple to a mixture of Manic Panic Venus Envy and Directions Apple Green.
Step 1: Clarify your hair with Scott Cornwall’s Precolour
Clarifying your hair is basically ensuring that your hair is clear of any buildup and ready to take on any following treatments to the best of its ability. You can use baby shampoo, a mask made of vitamin C tablets or you can use Scott’s new Precolour Treatment which is essentially a shampoo which will break up build up and also help starting fade the colour. Really easy to use and effective.
Step 2: Remove build up with Decolour Remover, not essential!
This step isn’t essential, but I wanted to see how Decolour Remover would work on a fashion shade, since it’s not really designed for removing these weird shades but in theory should help prep hair for further treatments. Decolour Remover only removes artificial colours (not fashion colours like blues, pinks…etc.) and is super gentle. It definitely removed a good few layers of my blue to a paler shade but didn’t lighten the base. If you dye your hair regularly you may like to use this as a treatment to keep colour at its best.
The photo on the left is what result I got from Decolour Remover…
Step 3: Strip to a paler base with Decolour Stripper…
This product removes artificial and natural colour and works on fashion shades. It essentially can do the same thing as bleach but with a gentler formula and far less odour and mess. For my hair I used two packs and the result was bright blonde roots (where the natural colour was) and minty blue ends (where the build up was most). I didn’t apply very evenly so could do with another application, another good thing about this product is that it is safe to use again immediately, so you can just keep going until you get the base you want.
However, for me this patchy minty base would work as I was going green and a platinum starting place wasn’t essential. It is totally possible to go platinum with this product combined with their Colour Restore Iced Platinum though so definitely consider if you are looking for an alternative to bleach.
I used Manic Panic Venus Envy first and it was SO patchy and uneven, this could have been because my base was uneven or it could be because I only used one pot. So I built up the colour with a tub of Directions Apple Green and created a shade that I just love and is really difficult to photograph! I’ve essentially got a shade lighter than The Joker’s hair, but photos make it a bit more blue. Either way, LOVE it.
My pal, Sinead asked me if I’ve been every shade in the rainbow now and I’m actually quite proud to say in the last year alone I have indeed been ALMOST every shade in the rainbow. Proud moment.
L-R: Bleach London I Saw Red, ion Colour Flash Exotic Orange, Manic Panic Venus Envy & Directions Apple Green, Direction Atlantic Blue, Directions Atlantic Blue & Plum and Colour Freedom Mystic Purple.
So yea, that’s how I did it. Really love Scott Cornwall’s product range, would recommend them to anyone and definitely say they are a wiser choice than bleach. If you’ve got a question leave it below or tweet me @JayneKitsch and I’ll do my best to help.
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